The Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Track Pack that was released last week gave us a good mix of Slash, Poison Tesla, Rush and Alice Cooper. You may remember reports that Alice Cooper was actually needing to rerecord all of his hits so that they could be released as Guitar Hero DLC. Turns out our good friend, Steve Ouimette, was responsible for the version of “Poison” that we saw last week.
Steve had mentioned to me a few weeks back that he had worked with Alice Cooper on a project, but couldn’t tell me anything about it. Yesterday, however, Steve sent me an e-mail with his recollection of his time he got to spend with Alice Cooper.
I wasn’t able to talk about it last time but wanted to let you know I did the new version of “Poison” for Guitar Hero with Alice himself! Did it earlier this year at my studio and got to hang out with and record Alice. What a blast! Think it turned out pretty good and it was so cool to do a re-record with the original singer…and the LEGEND! Nicest rock guy I’ve ever met. We live 5 miles away from each other.
I did the guitar, bass, keys/programming and engineering. Ryan Hoyle on drums. David Steele and Marc LaFrance did the huge background vocals. Ryan Greene mixed the track. The man himself did all the vocals in a couple of hours over at Ryan Greene’s home one afternoon. Amazing guy. Funny, smart and he was super easy to hang out with. I’d work with him again in a heartbeat.
As a bonus, a few weeks after we did the track I got a call from his wife Sheryl, who invited me to their son’s birthday party over at Cooperstown in Phoenix. Talk about feeling welcomed…amazing stuff.